Our Programs are Challenging Systems of Oppression.
We are shifting the Health Paradigm.
In 2021, YWCAs across the nation declared Racism as a Public Health Crisis.
In 2022, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix will take a deep dive into how race and gender directly relate to the twelve Elements of a Healthy Community.
Each month we will shine a light on a different Element and shine an even brighter light on gaps and the impacts that are occurring within our community. The Element will act as our conversation catalyst during our panel discussions, social media takeovers, blog posts, workshops, and more throughout the month.
Our intent is that you will see how the systems in place are stifling our ability to thrive in healthy communities, and how YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix is challenging that.
2022 marks our 110th Anniversary in Phoenix! For our 110th Anniversary we are introducing YWCA “Sticker of the Month” – a new sticker released each month that illustrates our mission and impact. (See Monthly Stickers, below, for a fun way to stay invested with us!)
In 1912, the YWCA of Phoenix established the Luncheon Room, the first women’s residence and gymnasium. Since then, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix has aided women and families during the Great Depression, sponsored the first USO in Phoenix during WWII, supported desegregation (eight years before the US Supreme Court decision), started a Nutrition Project to feed the poor and malnourished in the ’60s, prepared mentally disabled adults for living in group homes, and opened Haven House, the first transitional housing facility for homeless women and their children in the state of Arizona in 1989.
In the 21st century, we began offering free financial education courses and coaching for women, we continue to feed home-bound seniors through our Meals on Wheels Program, and we continue advocating for justice, equity, peace, and freedom.
Take a walk down memory lane and read YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix’s entire timeline
For Another 110 Years
YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform.
Much has changed in the last 110 years, but there is still a lot of work to be done. We need you to continue following our initiatives on social media (follow us below) and writing to your representatives whenever possible. We need you to continue donating to our cause (see Monthly Decals for a fun way to stay invested with us!). And we need you to spread the word. Our advocacy and equity work is important, and it can’t go very far if we don’t share the work that our organization does every day.
Thank you for supporting us for the past century. Stick around in 2022 for more workshops, advancement, and social change.
Let’s Partner Together
We work with multiple agencies across the state of Arizona to make real, equitable change in our state and the country. Each month in 2022 is focused on a different Element of a Healthy Community (plus an additional element for women’s empowerment), and each month will feature multiple events and initiatives centered around that month’s theme.
If your team, agency, business, or organization does work centered around one of the Elements, please connect with Genevieve Villegas, Advancement Director, to set up a panel discussion, social media takeover, Live event, workshop, author a blog, or other project. We are thrilled and honored to work with so many change-making organizations.
Become a 2022 Sponsor
We have reimagined our sponsor and partner relationship from the typical event sponsorship to an annual sponsorship. Your investment in our mission and services will continue all year-long, allowing your business to reach a greater audience and provide an even greater impact.
If you are curious about these annual sponsorship opportunities, please contact Genevieve Villegas, Advancement Director, to set up a conversation to learn more.
Thank you to Our Sponsors:
Thank you for giving a minimum donation of $110 in honor of our 110th Anniversary!
Bertha Esparza Gagliano
Mary Beth Gregory
For our 110th Anniversary we are introducing YWCA “Sticker of the Month.” A new sticker will be released each month that illustrates our mission and impact.
You can snag your limited-edition sticker by:
- Making a $25 one-time donation.
- Becoming a monthly donor at any level (you’re guaranteed to receive every sticker).
BONUS: if you make a $110 donation (one-time or combined gifts) for our 110th Anniversary, you will be featured on the YWCA virtual donor wall.
Start your collection!